2017’s Bowl-A-Rama is just hours away and again this year, it will be broadcasted live and direct from Bondi Beach, Australia beginning today. Be sure to check out the schedule of events and tune into the webcast right here.
The Vans Park Series World Championships crowned Alex Sorgente and Brighton Zener as the champions of park terrain in Malmö, Sweden on Saturday. The finals at the built-to-spec Kroksback skatepark capped off an exciting international tour and VPS Global points challenger Alex Sorgente took charge of back to back near-perfect runs in both the semis and finals. Yet, Pedro Barros, who missed out on the past two VPS events in Vancouver and Huntington Beach powered through with high speed and sheer force to capture second. The relatively unknown VPS Global challenger to rise from the field, Italy’s Ivan Federico nailed down third with several kick flip melon grabs to also seize three podium finishes in the series overall.
Earlier in the afternoon, 12-year old miniaturized powerhouse Brighton Zener took top honors on the women’s podium by capping her final run with a mighty 360 backside air over the island earning her win in Malmö. Jordyn Barratt, took home second place and Japan’s Kisa Nakamura landed in third.
Men’s Finals Results
1st – Alex Sorgente
2nd – Pedro Barros
3rd – Ivan Federico
4th – Cory Juneau
5th – Ben Hatchell
6th – Kevin Kowalski
7th – Grant Taylor
8th – Jack Fardell
Women’s Final Results
1st – Brighton Zeuner
2nd – Jordyn Barratt
3rd – Kisa Nakamura
4th – Allysha Le
5th – Lizzie Armanto
6th – Yndiara Asp
7th – Nora Vasconcellos
8th – Nicole Hause
9th – Julz Lynn Kindstrand
10th – Bryce Wettstein
The 2016 Vans Park Series World Championships is live on demand at vansparkseries.com along with additional information photos and videos. Follow @vansparkseries on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook as well.
Tony Hawk is bringing the 80s back to Kennesaw Skatepark. At least skateboarding’s version of that notorious decade. And he’s not coming alone.
Hawk and friends have organized the Get Rad For Ray presented by Kennesaw Skateshop charity event to celebrate the life and legacy of one of skateboarding’s all-time greats, Ray Underhill. A Wilmington, North Carolina native, Underhill was a member of the infamous Bones Brigade squad of the 1980s, a teammate of Hawk’s, and known for his smooth skating style. But his friends remember him best for his kindness, wit, and dedication—his true enduring legacies.
“Ray was a great friend,” said Hawk. “We miss him every day, so we’re coming to Kennesaw to remember him the best way we know—to skate in his honor while helping others!”
The world lost Ray in 2008, after his long battle with Chordoma, a rare but relentless spinal cancer. To honor his life, Ray’s family and friends have joined the City Of Kennesaw, Georgia and Kennesaw Skatehop to host the Get Rad For Ray skateboarding contest and 80s-themed Legends jam session at the Kennesaw Skatepark in Swift-Cantrell Park. This will be a free public event to celebrate Ray with an amazing display of local and legendary skate talent, and to raise funds for the Ray Underhill Foundation, which supports families affected by Chordoma.
Get Rad For Ray presented by Kennesaw Skateshop is a family-style event that will feature a festival area with food and vendors, as well as three different skateboarding events. A free beginners’ skate clinic hosted by Kennesaw Skate Shop will start the celebration and get kids new to the Swift-Cantrell Skatepark off to a solid and safe start. An amateur contest will give local talent the opportunity to shine and impress. And the day will conclude with an 80s-themed Legends skate jam, featuring top new talent mixing it up with some of the most famous names in skateboarding—Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Kevin Staab, Ben Raybourn, Brighton Zeuner, Lester Kasai, Brad McClain, and Lizzie Armanto among them.
“This is an incredible collection of skate talent,” said Hawk. “Top names from the 80s, and today—all skating together in one event. If I weren’t joining them in the session, I’d definitely want to be there to see it!”
Attendees will have several opportunities to support the Ray Underhill Foundation via donations and raffles throughout the day.
For more info on this great event drop by the Get Rad For Ray page on The Tony Hawk Foundation site.